Bachelor of Science in Digital Communication Media

Film and Media class at Marymount California University

Imagine Your Amazing Life

Imagine graduating with the essential knowledge and ability to join an advertising or graphic design agency, work for a film production company or open your own studio.

Imagine a meaningful internship before you begin your job search and a service learning opportunity that includes hands-on experience.

Imagine completing your degree with a digital resume showcasing your academic achievements and practical knowledge.

Now stop imagining.

Marymount California University alumni have achieved professional success in all areas of media. Some former students own their own professional design studios, while others work in such noted companies as DigiLabs, ABC and Showtime. Your amazing life comes into view with a Marymount California University Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Production.

Why Marymount?

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) major in Film & Media Production offers a sophisticated four-year educational experience to prepare the next generation of fine artists, graphic designers, illustrators, filmmakers, video artists, animators, game artists, and interactive artists for rewarding careers in a myriad of visual arts industries. The major is designed to allow students to choose from one of several programs of study that share many common courses to create both a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary educational experience. The major provides students with a traditional theoretical education in the study of Arts while also providing hands on training in state-of-the-art digital studios including Apple Macintosh workstations, Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk Maya, Avid Media Composer, Avid Pro Tools, and Unity game engine software.

Build a Solid Foundation  –  During the freshman and sophomore years, Film and Media Production students build an educational foundation while they also are beginning to build a portfolio of work to present to potential employers or graduate schools.

Develop a Deeper Level of Understanding – During the junior year, students complete most of their core courses in Film and Media Production and begin a concentrated study within one of the following areas:

Arts and Media Interdisciplinary (AM-AMI)

The Arts and Media Interdisciplinary concentration offers students the opportunity to develop individualized cross-disciplinary research within the Arts and Media division, including Media Studies, Fine Arts, Music and Theater.

Students will apply key concepts, theoretical knowledge, and technical abilities from the entire Arts and Media division, with required division chair approval.

Digital Art and Design

The Digital Art and Design program primarily focuses on design for printed media.

Course offerings include both theory and studio instruction in Western Civilization Art, Contemporary Art, Drawing, Painting, Digital Color, Page Layout, Photography, Illustration, Advertising Design and Package Design.

Game Design and Animation

This Game Design and Animation program focuses on the Television & Film industries but is specifically designed for the aspiring animator and game design artist.

Emphasis is placed on traditional art & design theory coursework as well as digital studio courses with industry standard design, animation software, and game engine.

Digital Video and Film Production

The Digital Video and Film program is designed to prepare the student for creative careers in the television and motion picture industries.

Classes include theory courses in Broadcast Media, Journalism, Film, Television and Film Production Business Practices and Scriptwriting, as well as studio work in Digital Color, Video Production, Photography, Film Production, Audio and Video Editing and Website Design.

Media Studies General (AM-MSG)

The Media Studies General concentration allows students to develop their own individual course of study within Media Studies.

Students may select from the variety of Media Studies (AM) classes in history, theory and studio classes gaining a general disciplinary knowledge. Division chair approval required.

Web Design and Interactive Media

The Web Design and Interactive Media program is designed to prepare the student to become a creator of art, design and new media for the digital age.

Classes include theory courses in Western Civilization Art, Introduction to HTML and PHP Programming, History of Graphic Design, and Multimedia and Contemporary Art. Studio work includes Drawing, Digital Color, Page Layout, Web Design, Photography, Illustration, Video Editing, Motion Graphics and other Website Technologies.

Student Learning

In all our programs, MCU ensures that students advance their communication, analysis and decision-making skills, while broadening their appreciation of diverse perspectives and their ability to learn from experience. These Institutional Student Learning Outcomes flow from our commitment to Academic Excellence, Real World Learning and Character Formation.

Student Achievement

Students bring a rich array of talents and interests, leading to many forms of student achievement at MCU. What will you achieve? A distinctive Capstone presentation, surely. What else? Let MCU support your exploration and growth. Discover your interests. Develop your talents. And let your achievements shine.